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The last several days the sports pages have been covering the "drama" at Bloomington ISD regarding one of the girl's coaches. Personally, I think this is just one more example of the ongoing issues that plague this school district. Perhaps, it is time to take a good look at the school board.

Now I am not naïve enough to think that instances of inappropriate behavior between teachers and students do not occur; the headlines nationally have chronicled such scandals. I do; however, think it has become a sad state when an educator is punished for trying to make sure students, some of them underprivileged, have safe transportation to and from extracurricular activities. It is unfortunate that in our litigious society, the institution must think “legal action” first, but these are the “times” we live in. School critics and politicians rail on the need for dedicated, caring teachers and yet here the powers that be are considering “non-renewing” such a teacher because the board feels he is “becoming too close to the students”. Edgar Vander Stucken (Coach Van) seems to be a caring, involved educator and coach. For our family member, he cared enough to go out of his way to recommend her participation in a summer league in Victoria, which exposed her to more advanced athletes, resulting in a dramatic improvement in her performance this year. His wife and daughters are regular attendees at the athletic events and they truly seem to be a family supportive of Bloomington ISD. If the Advocate's article is to be believed, the Coach's immediate supervisors (the Athletic Director, Principal and Superintendent) all support his retention and yet the Board ignores this?

Perhaps it is just my cynical nature, but is it just possible that the Board of Trustees, faced with budgetary concerns, finds an English Teaching, Girl’s Coach, who does not coach football, EXPENDABLE? Maybe the Texas State Teacher’s Association (TSTA/NEA) would find this interesting?

What do you think?